NEWS RELEASE · 1st September 2010
The Terrace RCMP will soon be providing the community with an education and enforcement program regarding the proper use of bicycle helmets.
The campaign spearheaded by Terrace RCMP's Cst Ryan Proulx and Cst Doug Rentz will be focusing on reducing the number of cyclists riding without helmets as well as attending local schools to educate youths on the importance of helmets when cycling.
Bicycle helmets are mandatory in the province of British Columbia. Every person who rides a bike is by law required to wear an approved helmet. The law was not enacted by the government to generate funds, but to save injuries or lives of persons involved in incidents while riding a bike. Under the Motor Vehicle Act, a parent or guardian of a person under the age of 16 is responsible and chargeable to ensure their child wears an approved helmet. But laws alone are not enough. Parents play a key role in helping keep their kids safe while on the road.
Tips for Parents to Help Keep Kids Safe:
● Monitor your children's riding regularly to ensure they always wear helmets.
● Get the right kind of helmet and ensure it fits your child. The helmet should rest two finger widths above the eyebrow and the side and chin straps should be snug.
● People of all ages should wear a helmet when they ride. Remember–you are your child's best role model.
● Children under 10 should not ride on the road. They do not have the physical and thinking skills to handle themselves in traffic. Children over 10 need to practice before they can ride on the road.
● Be sure your child is “traffic-wise.” Cycling deaths nearly always involve collisions with a motor vehicle. The child's riding and road safety skills seem to be a factor in more than half of deaths.
The Terrace RCMP want to make the community aware that in an effort to have them wear helmets fines will be issued to those failing to comply with the rules.
Remember, a head injury can last a lifetime, a fatal head injury is the end of a lifetime.
Congratulations to the RCMP
Comment by Harry Zarins on 2nd September 2010
Thank you to the Terrace RCMP Detachment for providing the community with an education and enforcement program regarding the proper use of bicycle helmets.
Just recently, a man passed away when he fell off his bike in Ottawa and he hit his head on the curb. Then, there is the story out of New Glasgow, NS this past July, where a 12 year old was spared serious brain injury when she was hit by a car - she was wearing a helmet and the stories never end, some with happy endings and some with not so happy endings. The Brain Injury Association of Canada would like to hear more of the Happy stories like all Canadians.
I would like to encourage the many other RCMP Detachments in Canada to follow the example set by the RCMP Terrace Detachment.
Thank you and continued success in preventing brain injuries with positive brain injury prevention programs.
Brain Injury Association of Canada
Comment by Courtenay Kelliher on 1st September 2010
If you can afford to buy your child a bike, you can afford to buy them a helmet. If they don't wear their helmet, take the bike away.
Comment by Linda Haines on 1st September 2010
My kids are 16 now, it's always been a rule..."no helmet,no bike" nuff said.
A no brainer
Comment by Rudi Peters on 1st September 2010
As an avid cyclist, it boggles my mind why someone would NOT wear a helmet. In our house wearing or not wearing a helmet is not even up for debate. If you want to touch your bicycle you first put on your helmet. This also goes for skateboarding, skiing, or riding on the ATV. The human skull was not designed for impact, if your head makes contact with the ground or some other hard object you WILL incur some sort of brain injury. By the way, you do not need to be going vary fast for this to happen. Simply falling over on your bike can do the trick.
The choice is yours, eather wear a helmet or you may be wearing diapers because you scrambled your brains.
Comment by Nicole on 1st September 2010
I love this story. Since the helmet law came into enactment I have actively encouraged and at time forced my kids to wear their helmets, it would be much easier if it were the same for all their peers. I can not stand to see other children out riding without.